Miss Rodeo South Dakota Kendra Peterson
For most people the 4th of July is full of excitement and fireworks, and for this South Dakota cowgirl it was just that. After the Miss Rodeo South Dakota coronation was all said and done Kendra Peterson rode out of the arena as the new Miss Rodeo South Dakota Lady in Waiting.
She was raised on the family ranch just northwest of Sisseton, South Dakota with her parents Ronald and Myla Peterson and her younger brother Trevor. At a very young age Kendra had a love for horses, cattle, and everything that goes along with it. With her dad and grandfather raising registered Black Angus cattle and American Quarter Horses, she could often be found on her horse out in a pasture somewhere. Kendra was also very active in the sport of rodeo growing up. The rodeo life started for her when she would watch her dad compete in local team roping jackpots and ranch rodeos, which led to her finally being old enough to compete in a ranch rodeo herself where she won her first belt buckle. As she grew older, Kendra began to compete in 4H and High School rodeos.
At first when she started traveling to rodeos, she was jealous of some of the other girls who had a horse for each event. This thought quickly left when she realized that she was the lucky one because she had found a diamond in the rough with the horse her dad had team roped on for many years. With this horse she competed in barrel racing, breakaway roping, team roping (both heading and heeling), and pole bending. Kota was the only horse she needed and was the one horse that taught her more things about life than any person could. Kendra attended Sisseton High School where she was on the volleyball team and a student manager for both girls’ basketball and track. She was also active in the Sisseton FFA Chapter being both Treasurer and President and competed on various judging teams.
After high school Kendra decided to travel north and attend the University of Minnesota Crookston where she remained active with the FFA on a collegiate level, competed on various agricultural judging teams with an association called North American Colleges and Teachers of Agriculture, and found a love for the sport of hockey. In December 2013 Kendra graduated with a degree in Accounting and a minor in Agricultural Business. Kendra has been blessed with the titles of Miss Glacial Lakes 4H Rodeo Ambassador, Miss Hyde-Hand 4H Rodeo Ambassador, Miss Rodeo Aberdeen, Miss Corn Palace Stampede, Miss Foothills Rodeo and the 2015 Miss Rodeo South Dakota.
To Kendra, family is everything and without her family behind her 100% she knows she would not have made it this far. She would like to give a special thanks to her mom and dad for always believing in her and pushing her to be the best they knew she could, and to her brother for always being there when she needs him the most.